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Jan 092016
Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray started training for Dog Agility early on with two goals in mind. Making the Canadian Agility Team, in order to attend the FCI World Dog Agility Championships and also winning the AAC Canadian Championship. This would likely require running clean for 6 rounds, 2 Standard Agility, 2 Gamblers and 2 Jumpers rounds, for all AAC Regionals and National Championship Events. In 2005 Stevie Ray had just turned 18 months before the National Championship and had only run at one agility [More…]

Apr 102012
Bullseye Performance - Calming Jimmi

After 2 days in a strange city, living in a strange house and playing in a strange yard with all kinds of wonderful new farm animals to see and also playing agility in a new barn on equipment she has never seen led Jimmi to be a tad excited on day 2 of our first CKC trial (2nd trial in total).  Jimmi was vibrating; literally shaking with excitement when I took her out for our last run of a 2-day trial weekend. [More…]

Mar 222012
Dealing with Ring Stress in Dog Agility for Bullseye Performance

One of the most common problems I see with all dogs in general and certainly many who compete in dog sports is the lack of skills to deal with stress and the lack of ability in people to recognize and understand their dog’s reaction to stress. I am not sure if they have ever thought about what it is like for their dogs going from a practice with familiar dogs and familiar faces and zero traffic to a dog agility trial. I [More…]

Mar 202012
Dog Agility Contact Obstacle Criteria for Bullseye Performance:  Part2; The Teeter

Teeter Criteria: The ultimate goal is to have my dogs get on the teeter straight on always, no matter what the course might dictate as the actual approach; drive to the very end as hard and fast as they can without hesitation into a crouch as they go past the pivot, until the teeter hits the ground, then release straight forward once on the ground. No leaving before it hits. No sideways motion.  In the case of the teeter I may choose [More…]

Mar 182012
Dog Agility Contact Obstacle Criteria for Bullseye Performance:  Part 1; Common Ground

One simple rule that applies to the performance of all obstacles for all of my dogs is that it is my dog’s job to recognize and perform any obstacle that I have placed in their path, according to how they have been trained to do so, from the instant their focus is placed on the obstacle until they have completed it.  I can and do assume that my dogs are fully intelligent enough to look ahead; recognize and perform all obstacles and [More…]

Jan 122012
Dog Agility this weekend: January 14th &15th, 2012

What We are doing: -1 Starters Gamblers run each day indoors for both Jimmi and Joey, first thing in the morning both days. -Our ultimate goal is to have fun and practice and for them to gain confidence as a result. Overall: -First; I am ecstatic about how well my pups are doing considering the interruptions in my life since the summer of 2010. -They have endured long periods without training on many occasions. -They have yet to trial and they are [More…]